Look for the Payson High School Auditorium to have a shiny new coat of paint before the start of next year, plus a plethora of other upgrades, thanks to Director of Facilities Todd Poer.
“We actually got approved for $429,000 for them (the School Facilities Board) to come and paint and waterproof the outside of the auditorium,” he said. “When we hired the consultant to come up and see what we needed, we asked for everything … we’re getting cap systems, gutters with heaters, repaint the logo, replace eaves — so grand slam.”
In addition to the list of improvements given to the Payson Unified School District (PUSD) board, Poer said the facilities board will pay to fix cracked joints and walls, remove and replace the sealant on all doors and windows, seal all fasteners on the roof and in the metal gutters, install metal caps on the HVAC units, prepare and prime the walls for paint, and replace all gutters and add a heating system to melt ice that might clog the gutters.
Poer said he has had the Arizona Facilities Board up to the Payson campuses numerous times over the past year. He showed them how many areas of the campus need help.
Board President Barbara Underwood said the facelift will make the community happy.
Many organizations use the auditorium for performances and presentations, as it is the only large stage facility in the town.
But the auditorium is not the only project for the Facilities Board to approve. It recently paid for part of the new bleachers going in at the football field and Poer said it will pay for more upgrades.
Poer said the Facilities Board will also pay $40,000 to the district to replace doors.
“Basically that was three huge items on the facilities plan,” he said to the board at its Jan. 26 meeting.